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Top priority’ to complete strategic roads

9th July, 2020 Security

Government action:

- Directed the Border Roads Organsiation (BRO) that work on the strategic Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road be completed by October.

- Conveyed at a meeting to review the progress of the construction activities in border areas with BRO.

Status of the road:

- On the 255-km Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road, the ongoing construction is almost done.

- About 45 km of black topping work is pending.

- There is full focus on connectivity terming it a top priority.

Road Construction:

- BRO is constructing 61 strategic Indo-China Border Roads (ICBRs) measuring 3323.57 km in length under the direction of the China Study Group (CSG).

- The Parliamentary standing committee on defence was informed that the BRO has completed 75% of the construction work on the 61 Indo-China Border Roads (ICBRs) of 3323.57 km length.

- The BRO has executed 30% more works in the Financial Year (FY) 2019-20 as compared to FY 2018-19.

- BRO has also inducted the latest equipment and machines to expedite works on surfacing with cementations base, use of plastics, geotextiles and various techniques for slope stabilisation.

- Trials have also been carried out successfully for indigenously produced modular bridges in collaboration with the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

About BRO:

- Under the control of the Ministry of Defence since 2015; Earlier: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).

- Staffed by officers and troops drawn from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Military Police and army personnel on extra regimental employment.

- Currently, the organisation maintains operations in twenty-one states, one UT (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), and neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

- The BRO operates and maintains over 32,885 kilometres of roads and about 12,200 meters of permanent bridges in the country.

- Constructed Delaram-Zaranj Highway in Afghanistan in 2008. The Farkhor and Ayni air bases of Tajikistan were also restored and repaired by the BRO.

Reference: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/border-roads-organsiation-directs-work-on-strategic-dsdbo-road-be-finished-by-october/article32013803.ece